High Line Park Encourages Kids to Play with Their Food

By Mathew Katz on September 15, 2011 5:30pm 

Children enjoy a free storytelling event at the High Line during the summer.
Children enjoy a free storytelling event at the High Line during the summer.
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Friends of the High Line

CHELSEA — With their parents' full permission, kids will be able to play with their food next week on the High Line.

The park's food vendors, including Melt Bakery and popsicle-slinger People's Pops will show kids from around the city how to make their own healthy snacks such as frozen fruit popsicles and ice cream sandwiches using New York state ice cream.

The event, appropriately titled 'Play With Your Food,' is open to the public from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. It's running every Wednesday in September at the West 22nd Street entrance to the park.

"The goal of the program is to tweak the way families and kids think about food," said Emily Pinkowitz, the park's school and youth program manager. "We want to help build stronger connections between what they eat and where it comes from."

Kids who come for the food program can also stick around to play with the Children's Workyard Kit, a set of new wooden building materials designed to show children how to build contraptions using real lumber planks and specially designed nuts and bolts.

The programs are some of the many in the High Line's busy fall schedule, which also includes weekly public screenings of train-related Hollywood classics.

The High Line programs are open to kids ages four and up, and organizers expect many similar children's programs to come in the future.

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